God: Our all-satisfying Being
Nothing is more gratifying than knowing we have an all-satisfying God, Who we can always run to in times of trouble. Those who regard God as the main source of all their needs put their trust in Him. The New Year is a time to dream big. We all have dreams of what we want to achieve and where we want to be by the end of the year. To dream big is one thing and to accomplish those dreams is another. To accomplish our dreams and get to our destination, we need a helper; someone far bigger than us.
This Psalmist prayed for help, so that he will get to where he will obtain God’s help. The Message edition of Psalm 43:3-4 graphically puts it this way, “Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, So I can find my way to the sacred mountain, to the place of your presence, to enter the place of worship, meet my exuberant God, Sing my thanks with a harp, magnificent God, my God.” The writer uses three striking metaphors to depict how he can locate God. In the maze of the uncertainties of life, we all need a lantern, a compass and a road map for our journey through life. We need a lantern to shed light on our pathway, so that we can see the way clearly. We need a compass to navigate and get our bearing right. We also need a map to know our destination and how to get there.
The Psalmist prayed for a lantern, a compass and a map, so that he can locate his way to the sacred mountain; to the place of God’s presence, where he would worship and meet with God. God is there for us, if we choose to maximise our relationship with Him. The all-satisfying God beckons on us to look to Him and draw nearer to Him. Those who look to Him will find satisfaction. The Christian is unique; he has unimpeded access to the presence of God. The door into His presence has already been opened. He is not like others, who walk through a dark alley to find their way. All he need do is to come boldly to obtain. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews
We were made for His presence and to enjoy God. His presence is our place of rest; our place of intimacy; our place of nourishment; and place of security. But it takes a hungry heart to approach God, let alone to enjoy His presence. We must come with passion and hunger. Like David declared, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory” (Psalms
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